It’s that time of year when the first snow falls and we all loose our cool. The Hubway decided to shut down on Saturday due to the inclement weather conditions.
The bikeshare system officially shut down at 6 p.m. Saturday night and reopened Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. Although the Hubway was out of service for less than a day, that period was too long for some customers. Comments on the Hubway’s facebook page complained about the system being shut down despite no snow on the ground. “People want to use their memberships,” wrote Alex Bradley.
Biking in less-than-favorable weather is a practice often left to serious bikers. Snow may deter casual cyclists from riding, but riding is still an option. Shouldn’t the Hubway provide that option? The conditions weren’t “safe for operation,” but Boston bikers had little trouble biking through the snow.
The temporary suspension of the Hubway serves as a reminder that Boston’s bikeshare won’t continue through the winter. Although a new station was added this past weekend, stations will begin shutting down in November. It’s unclear which stations will shut down first and when, but the Hubway posted that it will be 100% shut down by December 1st.
For those of you who continue to ride through the winter: dress warmly, prepare your bicycle for the conditions and, as always, be safe.